Parker (RopeBoi) is a queer & genderqueer rigger, primarily known for a distinctive style of self-suspension, as well as for tying others in quirky predicaments. In Parker’s practice, rope is a versatile medium for enabling and disabling corporeal possibilities, presenting and overcoming impasses, instigating intense sensations, and suspending bodies in space. The textile architecture of these ephemeral tensile structures elevates, as rope and body mutually manipulate and iteratively reconfigure one another in an intra-active, fluid, mobile sculpture.
Parker’s performance work articulates with issues of abject and queer bodies and engages questions of social bonds, boundedness, and boundaries, and the potentials for their transgression or transcendence. In these precarious times, Parker’s performance work critically considers the suspended body, in its vulnerability and its potential energy, its uprootedness and uplift, its contingency and entanglement.
Parker has had the privilege of learning from some preeminent rope instructors and tying with some amazing partners and collaborators, experiences which inform Parker’s own tying and teaching, even as Parker borrows promiscuously from various sources. Parker respects and appreciates that all bodies are different and that there are no “one-size-fits-all” ties, and strives to foster an inclusive, affirming environment for adults of all bodies, histories, and identifications to learn and enjoy rope.
Since 2009, Parker has presented rope workshops and performances across North America and Europe, at venues including Anatomie Studio (London), Bondage Club Ann Arbor, Bondage Expo Dallas, Bound in Boston, Dark Odyssey, Foundation for Sex-Positive Culture (Seattle), Hitchin’ Bitches (Boston/New York/London), International Ms. Leather, NARIX, NELA Fetish Fair Fleamarket, Penumbra (PDX), Purple Passion (NYC), Rope Camp, RopeCraft Chicago, RopeLounge (Amsterdam), Ropes in Motion (Montreal), Shibaricon (Chicago), Subspace Studio (Toronto), Tension Montreal, TESFest (NJ), and VoxBody Studio (SF Bay Area). Parker lives in Brooklyn, New York.
2018 Class Offerings
Bootplay, Trampling, Rope with EmBonamie
Boots. Rope. Flesh. Are you someone who likes some boot marks among your rope marks? In this class, Parker RopeBoi & EmBonamie will share some of their favorite sexy and sadistic tricks and tips for manipulating bodies using boots and rope for pleasure and pain. The class will demonstrate and discuss gauging and applying different kinds and amounts of pressure with boots to different body parts, which body parts can handle more or less boot pressure, and how different floor ties and partial/full suspension ties affect the intensity of boot pressure and require different kinds of trampling techniques. Topics demonstrated might include: standing on a bound or suspended bottom, kicking a bound or suspended bottom, using a hard point for better trampling, bound bootlicking and/or bound bootblacking predicaments, using just boot pressure to immobilize body parts, and/or leaving boot marks without ropes getting in the way. Screaming, groaning, and laughing are highly likely. Demos aim to inspire you to bring your own style and ideas for integrating boots and rope in a scene.
Prerequisite: Participants will have time to try out some of these techniques and to explore playing with boots and rope in their own style.
Futomomo Variety with EmBonamie
This class teaches a variety of different ties for binding a bent leg, ties that are often called a futomomo. The class presents the different features of these ties and relative suitability of these different ties for different applications, attachment points, and suspension positions, as well as for different bodies, physical preferences, and sensitivities. Participants will learn ties for attaching on the inside, the outside, and on both sides. Participants will also learn ties that concentrate the load on different areas of the leg, and how to adjust that pressure so as to have a more comfortable (or at least less uncomfortable) futomomo.This class teaches a variety of different ties for binding a bent leg, ties that are often called a futomomo. The class presents the different features of these ties and relative suitability of these different ties for different applications, attachment points, and suspension positions, as well as for different bodies, physical preferences, and sensitivities. Participants will learn ties for attaching on the inside, the outside, and on both sides. Participants will also learn ties that concentrate the load on different areas of the leg, and how to adjust that pressure so as to have a more comfortable (or at least less uncomfortable) futomomo. it requires solid prior knowledge of a single-column tie and rope handling. The ties taught are designed for suspension and suspension applications will be demonstrated, though suspension is not a requirement for the class.
Prerequisite: It requires solid prior knowledge of a single-column tie and rope handling. The ties taught are designed for suspension and suspension applications will be demonstrated, though suspension is not a requirement for the class.
Rope for Roughhousing with EmBonamie
Grabbing someone, pushing them up against a wall, down to the floor or onto a bed, and otherwise manhandling him can be an exciting and erotic aspect of BDSM play. Rope can be a useful tool for such asymmetrical rough body play and can put the bottom at a clear physical disadvantage. This beginner-oriented rope class teaches techniques for immobilizing someone so they are still mobile enough to be moved around a room, and how to create handles and attachment points on otherwise slippery bodies. It also demonstrates some techniques for manhandling a tied-up bottom into different positions. The class is especially geared toward situations in which the rope top is physically smaller than the rope bottom, but all can benefit from the techniques taught in this class. The class includes safety and risk information.
Prerequisite: It is recommended (but not required) that you attend the class with a partner in order to participate fully in the hands-on portions of the class. Participants attending solo are welcome to observe or to find a class partner at the very beginning of the workshop.
Flow, Trans, Variety in Self-Suspension
This class is designed for people who know some basic (or maybe some not-so-basic) self-suspension techniques and are seeking to expand the range of possibilities in the air in self-suspension. Parker RopeBoi, who is known for highly dynamic self-suspensions involving dozens of transitions, will teach some of their particular tips and techniques for improving flow, transitions, and variety in self-suspensions. These topics and techniques include: nuances of arranging relative suspension line heights, carabiner/ring positions, in-air line management, effectively using swivels and spinning to change forces and enable different positions, gauging and exploring one’s range of motion, smooth transitions, and fixing rope jams even on the main line. We’ll address specific issues/problems/questions that individual participants have encountered, time permitting. If you have encountered a moment in self-suspension when you weren’t sure where to go from there or what you could do next, or if there’s a particular self-suspension transition you have found to be troublesome or awkward, please contact Parker RopeBoi in advance of the class to describe (or, even better, illustrate with a video or photos) that issue in order to get it on the agenda for the class.
Prerequisite: None specified